Jason B. Anari, MD

Jason B. Anari, MD

Jason B. Anari, MD, is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in the treatment of spine disorders in children, with the Division of Orthopaedics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Early onset scoliosis treatment including VEPTR and magnetic growing rods, Adolescent idiopathic & infantile scoliosis, Chest wall deformities, Pediatric trauma
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Princeton at Plainsboro; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Background

Jason B. Anari, MD, is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of spine and chest wall disorders in children. He fell in love with the musculoskeletal system and the puzzles related to fixing fractures and correcting deformity. "While in medical school I observed a scoliosis operation and saw firsthand what goes into caring for children with spinal deformity" recalls Anari. It was there he gained a deep appreciation for how a successful scoliosis correction can benefit patients and their families. He knew then what he wanted to spend the rest of his life practicing.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from The College of New Jersey, followed by medical school at Robert Wood Johnson/Rutgers before arriving at The University of Pennsylvania for his Orthopaedic Residency. He completed his fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Anari was trained in pediatric chest wall techniques by the late Robert Campbell, MD — his mentor, friend and world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.

He is particularly interested in pediatric chest wall and spinal deformity, because the relationship a pediatric orthopaedist creates with a family with early onset scoliosis or thoracic insufficiency syndrome is special. “You get to take part of the development of the child, watching them grow (literally) as they age,” he says. He finds great satisfaction in helping children with chest wall deformities get off the ventilator through surgical intervention. That is a milestone he celebrates with the family because of the work, time and commitment they put into recovery.

"Pediatric orthopaedic spine surgery is a very exciting field as lots of research is currently underway." Dr. Anari goes on to say, that some of the biggest gains in the last 20 years deal with how spinal deformity is managed in children under the age of 10 – a particular interest of his. "Historically, fusion surgery was performed in young children to prevent the curves from progressing. Now, we have new technology to allow for spine and chest wall growth, which promotes lung development and helps control spinal deformity into adolescence and adulthood."

Dr. Anari spends most of his days trying to keep children out of the operating room. He gets excited about new technology and research that enables him to better manage a patient's underlying pathology, or disease, while ultimately allowing a child to be a child.

His current research projects include understanding how children respond overall to chest wall surgery in thoracic insufficiency (TIS). He's working to identify which patients with early-onset scoliosis are at risk for unplanned surgery in an attempt to limit anesthesia exposure to the developing brain. Part of Dr. Anari's research also focuses on pediatric lower extremity fractures detailing the change in practice patterns over the past few decades. Another passion of his is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Currently, he is working on the development of a classification system to evaluate radiographic outcomes following spinal fusion surgery in the modern era.

Dr. Anari has presented at the International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS), Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Robert Wood Johnson New Brunswick/Rutgers Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Internship

General and Orthopaedic Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Residency

Orthopaedic Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2018

Cruz AI, Anari JB, Ramirez J, Sankar W, Baldwin K. Pediatric Lyme Arthritis of the Hip: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Cureus. 2018; 10(1):e2112.

2017

Fabricant P, Yellin J, Anari J, Neuwirth A, Ganley TJ, Chauvin N, Lawrence JT. Increased glenoid index is a risk factor for pediatric anterior glenohumeral dislocation: an mri based case-control study. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017; 5(7 suppl6): 2325967117S00359.

Anari JB, Neuwirth AL, Horn BD, Baldwin KD. Ipsilateral femur and tibia fractures in pediatric patients: A systematic review. World J Orthop. 2017; 8;8:638-643.

Anari JB, Neuwirth AL, Carducci NM, Donegan DJ, Baldwin KB. The Pediatric T-Condylar Humerus Fracture: A Systematic Review. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017; Jan; 37 (1) 36-40.

2016

Saxena V, Anari JB, Ruutiainen AT, Voleti PB, Stephenson JW, Lee GC. Tibia component considerations in bicruciate-retaining total knee arthroplasty: A 3D MRI evaluation of proximal tibia anatomy. Knee; 2016: 23(4) 503-9.

Thibaudeau S, Anari JB, Carducci N, Carrigan RB. 30-day Readmission After Pediatric Upper Extremity Surgery: Analysis of the NSQIP Database. J Pediatr Surg. 2016; Aug: 51(8): 1730-1374.

Saville PA, Anari JB, Smith HE, Arlet V. Vertebral body fracture after TLIF: a new complication. Eur Spine J. 2016; May; 25 Suppl 1:230-238.

2015

Anari JB, Mehta S, Ahn J, Kneeland B. The Utility of Digital Tomosynthesis to the Practicing Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon: A Case Series. J Ortho Trauma. 2015; Feb; 30(2) e59-63.

Fabricant PD, Seeley MA, Anari JB, Ganley TJ, Flynn JM, Baldwin KD. Medial Epicondyle Fractures in Children and Adolescents: Shifting Care from General Hospitals to Children’s Hospitals? J Pediatr. 2015; Nov; 167(5): 116-120.

Anari JB, Spiegel DA, Baldwin K. Neuromuscular scoliosis and pelvic fixation in 2015: Where do we stand? World J Orthop. 2015; Sept 18; 6(8): 564-566.

Anari JB, Sheth NP. Failure of Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty in a Patient with Contralateral Hip Arthrodesis: a Case Report. UPOJ. 2015; 25: 64-69.

Donegan DJ, Anari JB, Yoou R, Liporace FA. Subtrochanteric Femur Fractures: Optimal incision location for clamp assisted intramedullary nailing. UPOJ. 2015; 25: 12-16.

Courtney, PM., Melnic, C., Zimmer, Z., Anari, JB., Lee, GC. Dual antibiotic prophylaxis is associated with acute kidney injury after primary total joint arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015; 7: 2197-2203.

2014

Anari JB, Sheth NP. Failure of Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty in a Patient with Contralateral Hip Arthrodesis: a Case Report. UPOJ. 2015; 25: 64-69.

Donegan DJ, Anari JB, Yoou R, Liporace FA. Subtrochanteric Femur Fractures: Optimal incision location for clamp assisted intramedullary nailing. UPOJ. 2015; 25: 12-16.

Courtney, PM., Melnic, C., Zimmer, Z., Anari, JB., Lee, GC. Dual antibiotic prophylaxis is associated with acute kidney injury after primary total joint arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015; 7: 2197-2203.

2011

Bi X., Hameed M., Mirani N., Pimenta EM., Anari J., Barnes BJ. Loss of Interferon Regulatory Factor 5 (IRF5) expression in human ductal carcinoma correlates with disease stage and contributes to metastasis. Breast Cancer Research. 2011; 13: R111.

Abstracts

2018

Anari JB, Flynn JM, Cahill PJ, Vitale MG, Smith JT, Gomez JA, Garg S, Baldwin K, Children’s Spine Study Group. Unplanned Return to OR (UPROR) for Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS) Children: A Comprehensive Evaluation of all Diagnoses and Instrumentation Strategies. Scoliosis Research Society (SRS- Bologna) 2018 E-Podium

2017

Cruz AI, Anari JB, Ramirez J, Sankar W, Baldwin K. Pediatric Lyme Arthritis of the Hip: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pediatric Orthopaedic Society North America (POSNA-Austin). 2017 E-Poster

Anari JB, Hasenauer M, Flynn JM, Balwin KD. Quality & Value in Treatment of the Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fracture: Does PT Have a Role? American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). 2017 Podium Accepted

Miller DJ, Anari JB, Cahill PJ. Laminectomy Through a Fusion Mass Allows for Intrathecal Administration of Nusinersen. International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS-San Diego). 2017 Case Report

Books

Chapters

2018

Anari JB, Cahill JP. Neuromonitoring. Spinal Deformities: The Comprehensive Text. Thieme, 2018

2015

Wessel LE, Sykes JB, Anari JB, Glaser DL. Indications and Techniques for Double Row Fixation. Shoulder Arthroscopy. Springer, 2015.

Posters and Presentations

2018

Anari JB, Tatad A, Cahill PJ, Flynn JM, Harms Study Group. The Impact of Posterior Spinal Fusion (PSF) on Coronal Balance in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS): A New Classification and Trends in the Post-operative Period. Scoliosis Research Society (SRS- Bologna) 2018 Podium 

2017

Anari JB, Cahill, PJ, Vitale MG, Smith JT, Gomez JA, Baldwin KB, Flynn JM. Unplanned Return to OR for EOS Children: A Comprehensive Evaluation of all Diagnoses and Instrumentation Strategies. Pediatric Orthopaedic Society North America (POSNA-Austin). 2017 Podium

Anari JB, Shore B, Li G, Hill J, Rosenfeld S, Balwin KD. Pediatric Floating Knee, a Multicenter review. Pediatric Orthopaedic Society North America (POSNA-Austin). 2017 Podium 

Anari JB, Flynn JM, Vitale MG, Smith JT, Gomez JA, CSSG.  Unplanned Return to OR for EOS Children: A Comprehensive Evaluation of all Diagnoses and Instrumentation Strategies. International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS-San Diego). 2017 Podium

Anari JB, Kneeland JB, Horan AD, Mehta S, Ahn J. Utility of Digital Tomosynthesis in Post-Operative Assessment of Pelvic and Acetabular Fracture Surgery: Can We Replace CT? Radiological Society North America (RSNA). 2017 Presentation

2016

Anari JB, Neuwirth AL, Horn BD, Baldwin KD. The Pediatric Floating Knee: A Systematic Review. John M Templeton Jr. Pediatric Trauma Symposium. 2016 Poster

Awards and Honors

2017, Marvin E Steinberg Award, UPENN
2017, DeForest Willard Award, UPENN
2016, Academic Chief Resident Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UPENN
2011, Gold Humanism Honor Society, RWJMS
2009, Robert Wood Johnson Summer Research Fellow, RWJMS
2008, Robert Wood Johnson Dean’s Scholar, RWJMS
2008, Magna Cum Laude, TCNJ
2008, Uyhazi Memorial Senior Award in Biology, TCNJ
2007, Phi Kappa Phi, TCNJ